Intrepid Travel saw a record sales month in January, with sales in Canada increasing 34% year on year, with most travellers booking trips in Central and South America, and Europe.
“Central America has been a growing hotspot over the last couple of years – the region has experienced a 51% increase in sales year on year. We expect this to continue,” says James Thornton, Intrepid’s managing director.
Intrepid has also seen a 30% increase in Cuba bookings since the thaw in US-Cuba relations. Africa, however, has seen a downturn because of concerns over Ebola in West Africa.
“We are approaching the peak Africa booking season and we’d ask agents to encourage customers to make 2015 the year of the safari,” James says. “Africa is a continent, not a country, and the whole region has suffered as a result of misinformation about Ebola. Tourism is vital to local economies, and when travellers stay away this has a real impact on local communities, as well as wildlife and conservation.”